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Acupuncture

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Acupuncture has been practiced for over 3,000 years in Asia.

As an ideal adjunct to chiropractic care, we use acupuncture when we see health problems that seem caused by disruption to energy pathways in your body called meridians. This centuries-old healing procedure focuses on the integrity of bodily systems, not specific conditions.

Meet Amy Nykoluk

Growing up in a small town in southern Manitoba is where Dr. Amy Nykoluk’s love and knowledge of nature, music, art, culture and people began to develop. While studying science at the University of Manitoba, Amy spent her free time playing piano and guitar, taking dance lessons, and painting. She spent her summers off backpacking around many different countries, deepening her love for travel and her desire to connect with people.

While exploring China, Amy was introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and quickly became intrigued by the mystery, theory, history and widespread popularity of the holistic preventative medicine. It was after seeing acupuncture restore the quality of life of a close family member following a terrible motor vehicle accident that Amy decided to move to Calgary and begin learning the collection of ancient healing modalities.

After her four years of learning and perfecting the art of acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui Na massage, and auricular, cupping and diet therapy, Dr. Nykoluk travelled back to China to complete a practicum at the Mianyang City Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Mianyang, China. Working in Calgary as a government registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a licensed professional acupuncturist has allowed Amy to develop a strong knowledge in diagnosing and treating many digestive, dermatological, and musculoskeletal issues, and a high success rate with stubborn disease and pain issues.

Dr. Nykoluk is confident that adding Traditional Chinese Medicine to your health care regime is a great way to achieve and maintain peak health, and is thrilled to be joining the fantastic team at Action Chiropractic to help people do so. Dr. Nykoluk will be available at the clinic to share information on the many benefits of TCM, so please say hello when you see her!

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What About the Needles?

The most common question we get is about the needles we use. Most people have encountered hypodermic needles and sewing needles. Both types are gigantic compared to the ones we use. In fact, five of our needles could easily fit inside a hypodermic needle!

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When we first insert these ultra-fine, sterile needles at special energy points on your body, most people report a small prick, like a mosquito bite. When there is discomfort it is usually created by vivid imaginations, not our needles!

How Does it Work?

No one knows for sure. We just know it does. Perhaps the best way to think about acupuncture is to imagine rivers of energy throughout your body, organized by meridians.

These meridians can experience a “log jam” and energy flow is restricted. The needles help loosen the logjam and allow energy to circulate properly.

Acupuncture visits can take up to 15-20 minutes.

Most people experience a variety of post-session feelings, which range from energized to a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.